Ole Miss and Florida Kneel at Kick in Pregame Demonstration, Rebels Decline Penalty

Nate Gabler

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin made it known earlier this week that both Florida and Ole Miss were preparing a sort of social justice demonstration ahead of the SEC's opening game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday.

As teams lined up for the kickoff, all players and coaches both on the field and on both sidelines took a knee.

Florida, the kicking team on the play, was called for a delay of game penalty. Ole Miss declined the penalty and the game was then kicked off as normal. 

"As members of the Ole Miss and Florida football teams, we recognize the impact of our personal platforms and are choosing to amplify the issues that directly impact us," the Ole Miss team said in a statement. "Together we have chosen to take the opening series of today's competition to acknowledge the unrest in our country surround the treatment of African Americans. We will continue to support social justice efforts as members of the Southeastern Conference and members of our respective communities."

More on this story to come following the game. 

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Comments (8)
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DalaiLuke
DalaiLuke

Republicans: Freedom! ... but not to express opinions I don't like.
Democrats: The same.

maxscc
maxscc

Sad...politics has no place in college football. I turned the channel immediately.

maxscc
maxscc

Sad...politics has no place in college football. I turned the channel immediately.

NewGator
NewGator

Embarrassing. How dare this imbecile ExGator "comment". He should be ashamed of his stupidity and for letting the whole wide world know what a fool he is

ExGator
ExGator

Outrageous. How dare these thugs "take a knee". They should be apologizing for all of the crimes they have committed- and infractions.

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NewGator
NewGator

Embarrassing. How dare this imbecil ExGator "comment". He should be apologizing for his stupidity instead of letting the whole wide world know what a fool he is.

bbailey82
bbailey82

WE SHOUL BE APOLOGIZING FOR USING THESE GUYS BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS TO MAKE BILLIONS IN PROFIT AND THEY DON'T GET A SHARE. THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY AND NOW YOU DENY THEM THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.


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